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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles.
Volkswagen Eos
What is it? The Eos hardtop four-seat convertible gets a freshened exterior for 2012, including new headlights, chrome trim, LED rear lights, and a redesigned rear bumper. The interior also receives new color options, updated instrument panel and door trim, and optional walnut wood for the instrument and door panels.

The Eos continues to be powered by the same 200-hp, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Highway fuel economy is expected to top out at 31 mpg. Also featured is a standard six-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission, which incorporates a dual-clutch system.

Unique to the Eos is its fully-functional sunroof with shade, allowing an open-air experience when the convertible top is up. Drivers are also treated to a dual-mode automatic climate control system that adjusts temperature based on the position of the convertible top.

Also new for 2012 is a keyless ignition, HD Radio and MP3/WMA music file playback through the touchscreen stereo.

CR's take: The Eos is a well-rounded, all-season convertible. We like its eager engine and responsive transmission, which provide a good blend of power and fuel economy. We recorded 25 mpg overall in our tests -- one of the best for the convertibles, but premium fuel is required. The car's controls and interior fit and finish also get the thumbs-up, but we found the back seat a bit tight and fairly notable levels of wind and road noise.

When will it be available? Early spring of 2011.

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